The Pope is going to Fatima:
Pope Francis heads to Fatima on Friday, May 12, on a pilgrimage that will see him canonize two child shepherds who reported apparitions of the Virgin Mary 100 years ago.
Some 400,000 pilgrims from around the world will welcome the Argentine pontiff on the giant esplanade that faces the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima as he arrives in his “Popemobile”, while countless others will follow proceedings on television.
The Virgin is said to have appeared 6 times in Fatima, north of Lisbon, between May and October 1917 to 3 impoverished, barely-literate children – Jacinta, 7, Francisco, 9, and their cousin Lucia, 10.
She apparently shared 3 major prophesies with the trio at a time marked by the ravages of the First World War and Church persecution in a relatively new Portuguese republic.
According to interpretations of what Lucia revealed much later on, the first secret gave a vision of hell, while the second warned of a second devastating war and the rise of communist Russia.
The third secret, which Lucia kept to herself for years, is believed to have been a prediction of the 1981 assassination attempt on Pope John Paul II.
His successor Benedict XVI, however, later said she had foreseen the “suffering” of the Church, which at the time was racked by pedophilia scandals.
Time for the Vatican to release all documents in regard to the Third Prophesy.